The musings of a girl who's a bit too eager to talk about anything and everything.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Why The Trump Tape Is Absolutely Disgusting.

11:57 AM Posted by Allie Wood , No comments
     Okay, as you guys probably know, I usually don't blog about anything like this. I like blogging about happy stuff or things that don't make me feel like throwing up, but I cannot stay silent about this. This blatant act of rape culture is too disgusting to NOT talk about this. As someone who knows so many people who have been sexually assaulted and have had their lives flipped upside down because of it, I cannot let this pass.

Also, before we continue, if hearing about sexual assault is not healthy for your mental health because of your past experiences, discretion in continuing is advised. 

Here's a list of reasons why what Trump said is absolutely not okay coming from anyone, let alone a presidential candidate:

  • "Grab her by the pu**y," is such a disgusting phrase. 
    • There are so many women around the world that get forcibly touched like this ALL THE TIME. That is not a laughing matter. One woman getting touched like that is one too many, yet, it happens all the time

  • "I need a tic tac just in case I start kissing her," or "I just start kissing them. I don't even ask."
    • Let's just blatantly talk about how you want to force her into physical contact that isn't welcome or wanted. That's sexual assault, and Trump and Billy were casually laughing about it. Also, in these comments, not only were you advocating an act of sexual assault, you were also advocating being an adulterer because you had just got married to your current wife a handful of months before this talk was recorded. Seriously? As a presidential candidate who tries to talk about Bill Clinton's affair and make it into a monster of a bad thing, Trump really seem to like the idea of cheating on his own wife.

  • "It was just locker room talk."
    • No. That is not locker room talk. I've heard locker room talk. I've heard guys talk about who they've had sex with or all these crazy stories about how they picked up a hot woman at a bar. I have NEVER overheard a guy say anything along those lines. Yes, I know there are people out there that DO talk like this, but to casually put that out there and try to make it seem that every male has talks like that with their buddies is disrespectful to the large group of men who actually have respect for women.

  • This is literal proof that our country is regressing in progress.
    • Yesterday, the same day that this video of Trump's hot mic talk came out, President Obama passed a bill that not only gives but GUARANTEES, rights to victims of sexual assault. President Obama has seen and realized that this country's rape culture is a problem. We have seen that in the limelight throughout this year, i.e. the Brock Turner case. President Obama stood up and said, (Not an exact quote coming next. Just my own personal summary,) "enough of rape victims being treated as if they're not human. Enough of evidence getting thrown out. Enough of making rape victims who already feel humiliated and violated PAY for a rape kit for a sexual encounter they NEVER asked for." That is more of the stuff that we need to battle the epidemic of sexual assault. We do not need a man in office that is literally laughing about sexual assault and acting like it's normal behavior. People are trying to vote this heinous man into office.

  • "These comments don't reflect who I am."
    • Um, excuse me. Yes, they actually do. That video was ten years ago. You were sixty years old ten years ago. SIXTY. And you were joking about sexual assault. That's common behavior for pre-teen and young teenagers who don't quite understand that concept of sexual assualt and definitely AREN'T saying the horrible phrases that came out of your mouth. You are, and were, at an age where that behavior should have never been acceptable. You are depraved. The fact that you found that behavior acceptable at the age of sixty is ridiculous.

  • Your public apology is absolute crap.
    • We all know you only apologized because the tape got leaked and you got caught. If that tape never got released, you would have never "apologized" for your terrible behavior. You honestly probably didn't even remember talking about it because you say that type of stuff all the time. You have no respect for women. Your apology means nothing. You are against women's rights. You talk about women like they're chattel. If you don't find a woman attractive, you attack her publicly. You've terrorize women you've worked with. You told a woman on your show that it would be a "pretty sight" to see her on her knees. You said your actions here were "wrong." All of your actions towards women are wrong, but this one especially. You're only apologizing because other big republican names are pulling their support and disinviting you to rally with them. YOU'RE UPSET THAT YOU GOT CAUGHT. Plain and simple. You're not sorry. Your constant actions towards the female gender say that you're not, and have never been sorry. You're angry that the RNC is holding an emergency meeting to try to see if they can get rid of you as their candidate this late in the running.

  • Trump is every male that thinks he has a right to someone else's body.
    • Billy Bush is every buddy that laughs at his friends when they talk about sexual conquests or mention wanting to force sexual contact on someone. This is behaivor that is still seen too often. People like you are why our society doesn't take sexual assault seriously. People like you are the problem.

  • Imagine for a moment if he was talking about your mother, sister, daughter, girlfriend, fiancee, wife, or any other woman in your life that you care about.
    • Would you want anyone looking at the women you love and saying, "You can do anything. Grab her by the pu**y." Hopefully, you would feel disgusted and angry and a bit nauseous that anyone would be advocated for themselves to sexually assault a woman because they find her attractive and think that the world owes them sex because they're "famous" or "just feel like it." 

Honestly, I could go on and on, but I feel so sick typing all of this out. I can't even find words to say just EXACTLY how grossed out and upset about this that I am, and that's saying a lot because I can usually find the right words to convey how I'm feeling. This post isn't advocating to vote for any other candidate, but I am advocating to not vote this piece of trash into office. Do not vote for the man in the picture below looking at a woman he talks to normally after he just had a conversation about how he wants to sexually assault her. Do not support someone like that.




Thank you for reading and have a nice day.


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Why Pokemon Go Is A Great Thing.

4:14 PM Posted by Allie Wood , , , No comments
Okay, wow, I haven't done a blog post for a quite a while. I'm totally slacking. But, I guess this was important enough for me to hop back in the blog saddle for, so here we go.



DISCLAIMER:

This is not me telling you to play Pokemon Go or anything. I respect if you don't want to play or you don't like Pokemon. Trust me. There's things I don't like that I would never download and play. I get that. I'm just trying to get people to see that it's really not as bad and obnoxious as people are making it out to be.

Here are a lot of reasons I see that makes Pokemon Go a great thing for those of you who keep making fun of it or saying you're sick of it or you think it's stupid:


  • It's getting people outside.
    • I have heard "gamers," and just people who stay inside in general, get called lazy or irresponsible, or a multitude of many other names because they don't go outside. They get teased. "Oh, you're a gamer. What's it like living out of your mother's basement?" and other quotes like that.
    • HELLO, PEOPLE ARE GOING OUTSIDE. People are getting exercise because of this. Walking is healthy for you, and if people are walking to hatch Pokemon eggs, who are you to stop them? Honestly? Think about how rude you're being.
  • It's helping children that are on the Autism spectrum.
    • I've seen a handful of screenshots from mothers on Facebook saying thank you to Nintendo because it is helping their autistic children become more sociable and want to go outside. These mothers have cried tears of joy because they have seen their children happier than they have in a while. Click on this picture and read it and tell me that Pokemon is not helping.

  • People stuck in the four walls of a hospital can see a bit of joy at having one of their favorite Pokemon pop up right on their bed.
    • Come on, are you that heartless to think that Pokemon is a "plague for stupid people" as I've seen called? There are children AND adults in hospitals that have something exciting to do. They have something they can play that can let them interact with their world, even if they can't get out of their bed. They can see Pokemon in the otherwise drab hospital. Is that a bad thing? No? I didn't think so.
  • It's bringing communities together.
    • I've seen so any people making friends and talking to people they otherwise wouldn't' because of this game. Our country and our world are so divided right now that it is nice to have something that is bringing people from all walks of life together. People are making friends. People have something in common with someone sitting next to them on the bus. People with social anxiety who struggle to come up with a way to talk to people around them, that they so desperately want to talk to, have a conversation starter. People are giving others tips on how to play. They're pointing out places that have some cool Pokemon to each other. PEOPLE ARE BEING NICE. If you can't see that good in that, I guess I can't help you.
  • It's helping people with PTSD and other mental illnesses.
    • This goes back to the "getting people out of the house" thing. I saw a post from a veteran with almost crippling PTSD that causes it to be a huge struggle for him to get out of the house. Pokemon Go gave him a reason to want to get out of the house. It gave him a figurative crutch to be able to go outside. THAT IS A BIG DEAL. It's helping people constantly in bed with depression get out of bed and get some fresh air. It's giving people with bad anxiety (like me) something to focus their energy on. I haven't been so constantly worried about everything because I can focus on trying to catch a freaking Rapidash. It's quite helpful. Truly.
  • It's helping raise money for charities.
    • Many Pokemon Go players, myself included, have downloaded apps like "Woof Trax" to help raise money for charities. These apps translate the distance you walk into money donated to charities of your choice. I am currently raising money for a no-kill animal rescue in my immediate area, just by using my time playing Pokemon Go. 
  • Speaking of animal shelters...
    • I've seen multiple posts of Pokemon Go players going to local shelters and walking dogs in need of some attention. Many shelters don't have enough employees available to walk the dogs as often as dogs need to be walked. These players are taking the time out of their day and helping out shelters and animals in need for this game. When was the last time you walked shelter dogs? (If you've done that recently, and don't play, disregard that question, because it wasn't aimed at you.)

  • People are reliving their childhood.
    • Oh, wow, you don't play Pokemon because you're not ten years old and have responsibilities? You're soooo cool, I can't even handle it. News flash: I, myself, am an adult. I'm IN THE MILITARY. (Oh, look, a job with responsibilities.) I have pets to take care of. (More responsibilities.) I'm in college. (Even more responsibilities!) I'm writing a novel. (MORE RESPONSIBILITIES.) I am able to do all of this and still be a person who plays Pokemon Go. I love Pokemon. I always have. I played it when I was little. I played it on my phone through a Gameboy emulator. I've played it for years on my Nintendo DS and 3DS. This is fun for me. It makes me feel like a kid again, and heaven knows this world needs a little more happiness in it.

  • Businesses are making more money.
    • Whether a business is a PokeStop, a gym, or just giving out little discounts to Pokemon Go players, or simply just exsisting, they are making more money. Local businesses are thriving because more people are out on the streets and walking by. Walking makes people hungry, or thirsty. Oh, look, a shop right here where I'm walking! I was out catching Pokemon and hitting up PokeStops just yesterday and I ended up stopping at a little cafe I've never been to before simply because it was on my Pokemon hunting path, and this place was great. I probably wouldn't have ever tried it if I hadn't been out catching 'em all.

Oh, also, here's a word for some of the Pokemon Go players I have seen telling people they shouldn't be playing Pokemon Go because they didn't play the originals when they were younger:

STOP THAT.
STOP THAT RIGHT THIS SECOND.

YOU ARE NOT BETTER THAN ANYONE BECAUSE YOU PLAYED POKEMON ON A GAMEBOY.
I REPEAT:
YOU. ARE. NOT. BETTER. THAN. ANYONE. BECAUSE. YOU. PLAYED. POKEMON. ON. A. GAMEBOY.

Really, though. Do you not understand that some people's parents couldn't afford to get their children a gaming system? That perhaps they couldn't afford little things like Pokemon card packs? Not everyone was as lucky as you. Not everyone could play Pokemon non-stop like you or like me. I had the opportunity to be able to play Pokemon and get Pokemon cards my whole life and I'm very lucky for that. I had friends that wanted to play Pokemon but couldn't. I had friends that saved and saved their allowance to be able to buy themselves a Gameboy and a Pokemon game. You're not special because you had that opportunity as a child. Quit acting like you're above the people who didn't. Let them have this opportunity, because it is the first Pokemon game that's FREE and available to people. Let them feel that same jolt of joy you do whenever you catch a Pokemon. Stop trying to deny that to people. All these "like this post if you played Pokemon before Pokemon Go" are so stupid. "If you didn't play Pokemon on this *insert picture of Gameboy here*, then don't play it on this. *insert picture of phone.*" You're rude and your childish, and not in the good way of being "childish." It's obnoxious, really. So, if you could stop that, it would be pretty grand. Pokemon is helping people come together and you are hindering that by claiming you're "above" those who didn't get to play as a child. I hate to use this phrase when talking about Pokemon, but GROW UP.

PLEASE, LET'S JUST LET THIS BE A GOOD THING, FOR EVERYONE.


On an end note, honestly, this is what you look like if you're trying to make people feel bad about liking Pokemon Go:



Have a great day, and be the very best, like no one ever was.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

A Thank You To My Mom.

10:36 AM Posted by Allie Wood , , , , No comments
So, as I'm sure you're all well aware, today is mother's day, and I just wanted to take a little time to talk about the wonderful woman that I am so lucky to be able to call my mother.

This is my beautiful mother.
She's the most beautiful woman in the world.




This is the woman who has raised me and has been there for me every step of the way through my life. She's the one who has taken care of me when I'm sick or when I was heartbroken and thought all was lost in the world. She's been there through all my victories, and more importantly, through all my losses. She's supported me whole-heartedly in everything I've wanted to do, anywhere from my Tae Kwon Do classes and tournaments, me joining the military, and me beginning university classes. She's been on the other end of the line every time I've called home because I was homesick or just needed someone to talk to. She's been there for everything.

And this is my thank you.

Thank you for holding me every time I skinned my knees.
Thank you for forcing me to put jackets on to go outside when it was cold.
Thank you for getting onto me when I didn't do my homework.
Thank you for cheering for me after every tae kwon do match whether I won or not.
Thank you for making me eat my vegetables and drink emergen-C even though I hated it.
Thank you for showing me what a strong woman looks like and who I should aspire to be.
Thank you for being so kind to me even when I acted like an absolute brat.
Thank you for letting me cry on your shoulder every time a friend stabbed me in the back.
Thank you for telling me I deserved better when I got my heart broken by dumb boys.
Thank you for teaching me how to lighten up when I started taking things too seriously.
Thank you for going dress shopping with me for every single school dance, even though I didn't really need any new dresses.
Thank you for making me get my first job even though I was perfectly content staying at home and being lazy.
Thank you for the spur-of-the-moment outings with just me and you that allowed us to talk and bond.
Thank you for never judging me for making stupid decisions. 
Thank you for teaching me how to be kind to those that I don't like, because everyone deserves respect.
Thank you for letting me see you cry so that I knew it was okay to be upset over things and not bottle them in.
Thank you for forcing me to come out of my room sometimes.
Thank you for taking care of me every single time I was sick, whether it was that time I had mono or if it was just a cold.
Thank you for picking me up from school the first day I had a period cramp and convinced me that I wasn't dying like I thought I was.
Thank you for always having my back.
Thank you for all the books you bought me because you knew how much reading meant to me.
Thank you for listening to me when I'd ramble on and on about stuff I'm sure you didn't really care about, like all the dinosaur facts in the world. (They're not bones, they're fossils.) Or all the facts about aircraft when I was in my aviation class, like my rants about how the SR-71 shouldn't have been retired and how the Wright Brothers weren't actually the first ones to fly or make an aircraft.
Thank you for the times you let me help you with your college math homework and made me feel needed.
Thank you for simply accepting me and my decisions, even if you didn't agree with them.
Thank you for telling me how beautiful I am all the time, especially on days where I didn't believe it.
Thank you for all the times you sat down and straightened my hair because I was so insecure about my natural mess of hair.
Thank you for taking time out of your day to take me to see people I looked up to, like that time you took me to Barnes & Noble to talk to Obert Skye to get him to sign the rest of my Leven Thumps books even though he'd already signed two of them at my school earlier that day.
Thank you for sacrificing a Saturday to take me to that Train concert because none of my friends wanted to go with me and you saw how badly I wanted to go.
Thank you for always asking if I need anything at all.
Thank you for letting me use your car during my teenage years to go hang out with my friends or go on dates.
Thank you for always making sure I had everything I needed.
Thank you for letting me know I was important when I felt like it would be better if I just faded into the background.

Thank you for all of the things that I can't remember while I'm writing this.
Thank you for absolutely everything.
Thank you for loving me unconditionally.

And lastly,
thank you for being my mother.

I hope you have a wonderful mother's day. I wish I could be there to celebrate with you and I wish I could get a hug from you today.

Happy Mother's Day to the best mother I could have ever asked for.
I love you so much.


Here's a quote I love about mothers:

“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” 

~ Washington Irving

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Allie's Guide To Why You Should Vote

8:30 AM Posted by Allie Wood , No comments
Okay, this post isn't going to be me telling you who to vote for. Most of you already know who I'm voting for, and most of you already know who you're voting for. You already know who I don't like and why. But, telling you WHO to vote for is not what this is about. Telling you WHY to vote is.

As you know, this year, good ol' 2016, is an election year. We get to figure out who's going to run this fantastic and lovely (I'm being sarcastic, kind of) country of ours. That's pretty cool, in my opinion. So, here are my reasons as to why we should all be voting this time around.


  • You are an adult.
Everyone was so ready to "grow up" and be an adult. Yeah, that means stuff like bills, responsibilities, THE ABILITY TO VOTE. IF you wanted to be an adult so bad, take advantage of the fact that you are an adult who can do that. Come on. Prove that you can adult and do adult things because why wouldn't you?

  • It is your RIGHT to vote.
Come on, people. That is a BIG deal. We don't live in a country where it's the same family running the country for years and years on end. (Disregard the Bush eras for this argument, but at least that wasn't a monarchy. Honestly, there are people all over the world that would give everything if it meant they could actually pick their next leader instead of it being a "next in line" for a dictatorship or ruling. We get to pick (for the most part. The electoral college is still outdated and actually ridiculous, but that is beside the point right now.) The founding fathers thought ahead for the people of this country to let them choose their leaders. Your right to vote is a not a new occurrence. It's been around for a very long time. I'm going to sound like a broken record, but TAKE ADVANTAGE of this. Feel lucky that you don't have to know about the experience and fear of not being able to have a semblance say in who leads your country. Also, I refuse to listen to people whine and moan about who's running the country if they just straight up didn't vote for anyone. You don't get to whine about something you chose to do absolutely nothing about.

  • Your vote actually DOES matter, even though you've been taught that it doesn't.
"I'm not going to vote because my vote doesn't matter." I hear this so often that I just want to scream. You think it doesn't matter because you've been taught that it doesn't matter by people who are bitter that the person they voted for at one time in one election didn't get the presidency. You've been taught that by the media, by your parents, friends, coworkers, some random dude walking down the street complaining about how this country is going to hell, practically anyone. People will also tell you that to discourage you from voting so that their chosen candidate gets a better chance. But, when it comes down to it, your vote can be the one vote that gets a candidate to win a certain area. I actually have an example from this week, actually. 



What does that picture say? Senator Sanders won that area by literally one vote. ONE vote. Your candidate could win an area to help them further their stance with the help of YOUR vote. You just have to vote. Don't think that you can't be that one person. If you support someone, go show it. Vote for them because it does matter.

  • You can literally get time off of work/school to go vote.
They make it so easy. If you notify your employer/instructors beforehand, (at least give them a couple days notice so they can figure out manning) they can give you three hours off strictly for you vote. Because, again, as I mentioned before, it's your right as a citizen of the grand ol' United States of America. Also, most polls are open from early in the morning to around 7-8 PM. That's plenty of time to go vote. Plenty. Go and grab some food and coffee or just whatever as a treat after you vote. Most polling places are going to be near your home and work. They do that on purpose. So you can vote and not have to go completely out of your way. They're at local schools, offices, a bunch of places. Some states are even doing some elections online. So, some of you won't even have to get out of your bed. IT'S LITERALLY SO SIMPLE. COME ON, PEOPLE.

  • It's the future of your country that you hold so dear.
Really, why wouldn't you vote for who you think you be a good choice for the country? After all, it's your future. Your family's future. Your friend's future. Your friendly neighbor's future. You should be concerned with that fact. You should be willing to stand up and say, "Hey. This affects me. This affects everyone. I should put my voice out there." Again, most people will refuse to tolerate hearing you complain about any president we get if you didn't vote for anyone. 

  • You get a cool sticker.
Those "I Voted" stickers are like, my fave. They should be your fave, too. And guess how you can snag one up? You can *gasp* VOTE.





OKAY.
Now that that's said:
All in all, you really should just go vote. It's a good thing to do. You can register to vote, right here with this link, actually, if you haven't yet: Register To Vote. It's super easy and straight forward. It takes about five minutes. Seriously. Fun fact: If you're not sure what party you align with, or if you don't want to align with one, go independent and request the party ballots your chosen candidate is on. But, really, vote. Be a good citizen and take advantage of your given rights. Thank you and have a fantastic day!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

A Thank You To My Ex's.

5:10 PM Posted by Allie Wood , , No comments
Lately, I've seen a lot of post and pictures about hating your ex-whatevers, ragging on them, wanting to enact some sort of revenge, etc. It kind of bugs me. So, I'm here to say "thank you" to all of mine.

Thank you for showing me the type of behavior I didn't want in a relationship.

Thank you for allowing myself to learn than I'm worth more than ignored text messages and missed calls.

Thank you for calling me rude names so I could learn that I was NOT what you called me.

Thank you for bringing me down so I could teach myself to have the self-confidence I needed to get back from that.

Thank you for trying to convince me to not follow my goals so I could get the drive I need to succeed in the eyes of people who want me to fail.

Thank you for criticizing my body and mind so I had the chance to work on loving myself instead of needing your approval.

Thank you for teaching me that selfishness is not a good attribute in someone.

Thank you for letting me see that someone who silences me when I talk about my aspirations or give my opinion is not someone I needed in my life.

Thank you for showing me that I needed to be in a relationship with someone that treated me as their equal, instead of an inferior person.

Thank you for letting me teach myself that I was better than having to be scared that you wouldn't think I'm pretty anymore if I didn't wear makeup or put on a super cute complicated outfit.

Thank you for showing me that it was your fault you cheated on me, not mine.

Thank you for teaching me that I should be in a loving relationship where I'm acting as your other half, not acting like your mother.

Thank you for being horrible to me so I knew what being treated correctly felt like when I finally found it.

Thank you for getting angry with me when I said I wouldn't have sex with you because it let me figure out I need to be respected as a person in a relationship and shouldn't be treated as a toy and that I wasn't there for your own pleasure.

Thank you for trying to tell me what I was and was not allowed to do so I could see what an emotionally abusive  relationship looked like.

Thank you for teaching me that relationships I had to keep secret were not the type of relationships I should be in. 

Thank you for threatening me with breaking up or talking to someone else so I learned I was above that kind of treatment. 

Thank you for ignoring me every chance you had so I taught myself to know better than to let myself get dragged around by someone who didn't need me at all.

And finally, thank you for letting me go so I can be where I am now.